Identifying the qualification offered

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The requirement that it must be possible to identify the qualification offered to those who complete the course comes from the use case of a searcher who is interested in finding a course that offers a qualification that the searcher would like to acquire.

Discussion: credential or award offered through course.

Proposal

educationalCredentialAwarded a new property of Course with expected type Thing or Text. Defintion: a description of the qualification, award, certificate, diploma or other educational credential awarded as a consequence of successful completion of this course.

Note: hopefully at some point there will be a more specific schema.org type that can be used to describe educational credentials to be the expected range of this property.

Examples

Example 1. Fife College HND in Accounting

Based on Fife College course HNC Accounting Code example. The credential awarded is an HNC in Accouting.


PRE-MARKUP:
<!-- A college course leading to an HNC in Accounting -->
[Course]
  name:	HNC Accounting
  educationalCredentialAwarded:	Higher National Certificate in Accounting

MICRODATA:
<!--TODO--> 

RDFA:
<body vocab="http://schema.org/" typeof="Course">
<!-- A college course leading to an HNC in Accounting -->
<!-- based on http://www.fife.ac.uk/student/courses/course/HCACC -->
  <h1>Course Details</h1>
  <h2 property="name">HNC Accounting</h2>
  <meta property="educationalCredentialAwarded" content="Higher National Certificate in Accounting" />
</body>

JSON:
<!--TODO--> 

Example 2. Certificate for a distance learning course

Based on PTC Basic Proof Reading Course Code example


PRE-MARKUP:

[Course]
  name:	Basic Proofreading
  educationalCredentialAwarded: completion certificate from PQB

MICRODATA:
<!--TODO--> 

RDFA:
<body vocab="http://schema.org/">
  <div typeof="Course">
    <h1 property="name">Basic Proofreading</h1>
    <h2 >What is Included?</h2>
    <h3>Certificate</h3>
    <p>• A <span property= "educationalCredentialAwarded">completion certificate from 
      PQB</span> showing whether you have achieved a pass, merit or distinction in your 
      work.</p>
  </div>
</body>

JSON:
<!--TODO-->